Cason Wallace leaves preseason game with injury, after impressive start

Cason Wallace #22 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Cason Wallace #22 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

The Oklahoma City Thunder are in the midst of a five-day road trip, playing their second and last game of the trip in Charlotte against the Hornets. This marks the third of five preseason games for the OKC Thunder and presents an opportunity for their youngsters, like Cason Wallace, to thrive.

Following a fun game in Montreal as the Thunder let Lu Dort put on a show in his hometown, the Oklahoma City Thunder elected to rest Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Chet Holmgren, and Isaiah Joe. Kenrich Williams (Back) and Aleksej Pokusevski (Ankle) are the only two sidelined with actual injuries entering tonight.

The OKC Thunder got off to a fun start, as Vasilije Micic, Cason Wallace, Aaron Wiggins, Ousmane Dieng, and Jaylin Williams were the first five out and made some jaw-dropping plays. Highlighted by Cason Wallace’s pull-up free throw line jumper that was so smooth, if you squint, it looked like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was on the floor.

Cason Wallace leaves the Hornets game early as the OKC Thunder announced the rookie guard is dealing with a toe injury.

In eight minutes, Cason Wallace scored five points, shooting 2-for-3 from the floor and pestering the Hornets on the defensive end. The Kentucky guard has been impressive this preseason, cashing in on the high praise his teammates have lobbed him throughout training camp.

Cason Wallace is listed as out for the rest of this game with a sprained left big toe, and the OKC Thunder will return to Bricktown following this game. Their next tilt will be on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks, with a presumed practice on Monday.

When the team returns home, Mark Daigneault will give the media an official timetable on this big toe injury for the tenth overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.

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